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Six men arrested for encouraging child sexual abuse

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The Southern Oregon Child Exploitation Team, an interagency task force, arrested six people Thursday on 61 counts of encouraging child sex abuse.

Deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force, along with personnel with the Central Point Police Department and Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, assisted with an operation that included warrants being served throughout Jackson and Josephine counties.

Although the six cases were not connected, investigators said they uncovered nearly 7,000 images of child exploitation among the six suspects, JCSO reported.

The investigation led the task force to Ashland, Central Point, Grants Pass, Medford, Talent and White City. Cyber tips to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children started the investigation, which led to subpoenas and search warrants. Digital devices were seized and forensically examined at the Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force, according to JCSO.

Anthony Paul Craker

Anthony Paul Craker, 33, of Ashland, was arrested on 15 felony counts of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse.

During the course of the investigation it was allegedly discovered Craker was interacting sexually with underage minors and found to be in possession of more than 700 child exploitation images, police said.

Craker was arrested Thursday in the 200 block of Lowe Road in Ashland. He was being held in the Jackson County Jail on $250,000 bail.

Jon Paul Bouchard

Jon Paul Bouchard, 31, of White City, was arrested on two felony counts of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse. Bouchard, arrested in the 3700 block of Falcon Street in White City, was being held in the Jackson County Jail on $50,000 bail.

Omar De Jesus Galvan

Omar De Jesus Galvan, 19, of White City, was arrested on 10 felony counts of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse. Police said De Jesus Galvan was allegedly found to be in possession of more than 3,600 images of child exploitation. He was arrested at his place of employment in the 7500 block of Crater Lake Highway in White City. De Jesus Galvan was being held in the Jackson County Jail on $250,000 bail.

Stephen Bernard Habermann

Stephen Bernard Habermann, 60, of Grants Pass, was arrested on 11 felony counts of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse. Police said they discovered images of local children downloaded from social media and altered so the victims looked nude. The images were allegedly then traded online for child pornography. Police said Habermann was allegedly found to be in possession of more than 500 child exploitation images. He was arrested in the 400 block of I Street in Grants Pass. He was being held in the Josephine County Jail on $250,000 bail.

Christopher Randall Savage

Christopher Randall Savage, 39, of Medford, was arrested on two felony counts of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse, and 12 felony counts of second-degree encouraging child sexual abuse. Police said Savage was allegedly found to be in possession of more than 2,000 images of child exploitation. He was arrested at his place of employment in the 1200 block of East McAndrews Road in Medford. Savage was being held in the Jackson County Jail on $250,000 bail.

Matthew Alan Desmet

Matthew Alan Desmet, 38, of Central Point, was arrested on four counts of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse and five counts of second-degree encouraging child sexual abuse. Police said Desmet was allegedly found to be in possession of 19 child exploitation images. He was arrested in the 4000 block of Old Upton Road in Central Point. Desmet was being held in the Jackson County Jail on $250,000 bail.

SOCET is a joint interagency task force started in June of 2020 to combat child exploitation and human trafficking. The task force consists of investigators from JCSO, Medford Police Department, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Oregon State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations; and prosecutors in Jackson and Josephine counties.